This #LadyOscar was absolute perfection! ꒰⸝⸝ᵒ̴̶̷᷄ ॢ·̫ ॢᵒ̴̶̷᷅⸝⸝꒱♡°.
She was MAGNIFICENT
Tom hates white people so much that he married one!
It’s true! We’re totally married. It’s awesome.
Y’all are so adorable, omg
Yeah it’s cool :)
We were adorable way back in 2011
And then adorable intensified
And we adorably got our Marriage License
And then adorably went to Birmingham to tie the knot at Kitacon. Adorably.
And then we married adorably
Also we were adorable even before we got together (although mostly Zelly)
I WATCHED MY PERFORMANCE FOR KITA’S GOT TALENT AND I DON’T WANT TO JUMP OUT A WINDOW YAAAAY
this is improvement from last Kita
It was EXPLOSIVE and AWESOME though
Kitacon was so intense I lost my nipple piercings
*~The following is a Public Service Announcement from Team Neko~*
With only 5 weeks remaining until Kitacon, We feel it’s necessary to make a post regarding ID.
Every year, without fail, we see posts on the Kitacon forum/Facebook page from people because they’ve left it until the last minute to check their ID, only to discover that they actually have none.
YOU NEED VALID ID TO GAIN ENTRY TO KITACON!
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A VAILD FORM OF ID YOU WON’T GET INTO THE CONVENTION!
Valid forms of ID are:
- Drivers License (full or provisional)
- Citizencard with PASS hologram
- EU National Identity Card
These forms of ID must have your photograph and still be in date to be counted as valid.
If you have any issues regarding ID or are unsure if the one you hold is valid, then we suggest you get in contact with registrations ASAP so you’ll still have time to get any issues sorted out. (email@example.com)
We can tell you right now that the following items will not be recognised as valid forms of ID:
- A letter from your mum, or your mum coming with you to registrations to pick up your badge
- How unique you look
- The number of people you are friends with in the con scene
- A hug
- Row Row, Fight the Power
You have all been warned!
My Kita fortune XD
Not gonna lie, I’ve not been doing the multiple cons per year for that long, so my count’s not great. What I will say is that I feel I’ve covered a good cross section of the scene time-wise.
- Ayacon 2005
- Amecon 2005
- Auchinawa 2006
- Amecon 2007
- Amecon 2008
- Ayacon 2009
- Kitacon 2011
- Ayacon 2011
- Kitacon 2012
- Amecon 2012
- Gemucon 2013
- Ayacon 2013
Kitacon Pre-Convention questionnaire
Name you prefer to go by:
Tom or XtremeCaffeine or XC
Gender Identity/Preferred Pronouns:
Male/He Him His
On-Site all the way! NOTHING WILL GET BETWEEN ME AND A HILTON BREAKFAST!
Day you plan to arrive:
Is this your first convention:
Well this ain’t my first rodeo if you know what I mean ;)
Any Cosplay plans:
Is it okay to take your picture:
Yes! Although we should all remember that it’s equally important to get permission at the time of the picture and not just in advance.
Is it okay to come over and talk to you:
Unless I am sitting in a panel with a video camera next to me, or running from one side of the venue to the other, sure!
Is it okay to give you a hug/make any physical contact with you:
Generally yes, but please ask at the time.
Is it okay to hang out with you/come eat food with you/party with you:
Hang out - Yes
Come eat food - Maybe, depending on if I even have time to eat
Party - Generally yes, but I won’t be partying majorly and will often have to run around and film/photograph things.
Who will you normally be found with:
My splendiferous partner in crime (and Commander In Chief of the Team Neko) Zelly as well as our compatriots Zack, Steph, and Wee Steph (find out more about the team at our Wordpress site!
Any panels you are looking forward to:
Well there’s a few big ones, I’m really excited to see the panels with Ellen and John, as well as Guess That Game with some find Dutch bastard friends of ours, Name That Tune, the return of Build A Mech, Valve Panel, and naturally the Hentai and especially the Yaoi Panel - hosted by the awesome Professor Bad Touch and Doc Fondle
Any parties you are looking forward to:
This is the first year I’ve been willing to attend a formal, so that’s one aspect I’m looking forward to particularly. With a performance by Ellen & John I don’t see how it could be anything but a magical night!
But that aside, Kitacon are famous for their parties and this year will be no exception!
Are you taking part in the Masquerade or Omake:
Do you have a table in the Dealers Room/Artists Alley:
Anything in particular you want to buy in the Dealers Room:
Any specific goals you have for this convention:
Well you know it’s always been my dream to meet a nice girl, make an honest woman of her and settle down… And everyone knows Kitacon is where dreams come true.
Other than that, just to get the best footage and photographs I can, have a great time with my friends and meet some awesome new people!
Here, have a bunch of half-naked kilt-wearers on your dash.
why yes, thank you very much
Hot guys in kilts.
Makes me proud of my Scottish heritage.
Pretty much my motivation for Kitacon Kiltacon.
Just throwing this out there
So everyone, I have an idea. A concept. A dream, if you will.
Kilts, at Kitacon.
What say ye?
Well obviously, cons in the UK are different than in the US…
My first con was Ayacon in 2005 - way to start on a high. University of Warwick Arts Centre is the best campus venue in the UK. Amazing venue, amazing amount of space! I swear I didn’t go into the same room twice over the weekend. Spent a shitton of money, met new people, saw new anime (it was the last event in the UK that showed fansubs - i.e. the last event with a worthwhile screening schedule) and attended many, many events. I attended the Fanfiction Writing panel! All in all, an amazing time. I still have some of the Doujin I bought that weekend too :p
The year after that was Amecon 2006… And that wasn’t bad. Leicester Uni was slightly more convenient than University of Warwick, only being a little ways from the town centre, and also a large supermarket, and I was lucky to spend the whole weekend hanging out and making funny noises with the voice acting funsters, but it was hotter, noisier, more difficult to get around, and while a good experience, not as much fun as Aya… Of course, it was around this time that it was revealed that Aya had been shut down.
Auchinawa 2006 I won’t even touch because I had a totally skewed experience of that event compared to the average congoer. Not in a bad way, but I can’t really write about it.
Amecon 2007 was where I started burning out. Read: fewer con-friends, less/no money to spend in the dealer’s room, fewer events and less interest in them… More drinking. More and more drinking. Exacerbated, in my mind, by the fact that Amecon as a whole was waning from running two years in a row. And the first year they had the “Cosplay Ball” or formal event as the last event of the sunday night, from 7pm onwards, with a nice note that if you hadn’t brought a formal outfit, then you might as well leave after the closing ceremony. It was, though, the first time I met my delightful other half (although I was so drunk I have absolutely no memory.) I mean, I walked back to digs on sunday night with a damn traffic bollard! Still don’t have a good idea of that happened.
Amecon 2008 was a trainwreck. Changes to the campus made it difficult to, for example… Leave the building if there was a fire. It was probably the last time I spent any money at a convention dealer’s room - and I won’t lie when I say I was drunk at that event from the minute I picked up my badge, essentially. There were good points but it was mainly lows…
Aya Again 2009 was probably my lowest point. It was pretty rough as a con, although I had a lot of fun, I was pretty much drinking the whole event, once again… It didn’t hurt, of course, that this was the year where they had £1 pints. Yes, taking a table up and working your way through £20 of £1 pints sounds like a good idea, and you will meet some people and have some fun, but I won’t romanticise it by pretending that it was healthy behaviour, that it was more fun than participating. I didn’t even know I was burnt out at that point.
I missed out on Amecon 2010 because of 2006/7/8. That year, Zelly and I got together and we started working out 2011’s events - starting with Kitacon 2011.
I won’t say that Kitacon 2011 cured me of being burned out. What I will say is that Kitacon 2011 is the first time in years that I attended a con and attended events, met people, and just had fun. It was a good time.
Ayacon 2011 was pretty much back to 2009 for me… I had it so ingrained that conventions were for “socialising” - read “drinking” that I hardly attended any events. I can’t remember if I attended the opening ceremony. Needless to say, this was a stressful event, since this was the time when the potential for Team Neko as a serious entity came bubbling to the surface.
Flash forward to Kitacon 2012 and I was Press Badge’d (although not for myself, purely as backup) and attending events, and even though I was drinking (note: Hoegaarden is an excellent morning beer) I was attending events… Including accidentally taking over the Ellen Mclain Q&A which I have to admit is a high point in my convention-going career.
Flash forward to Amecon 2012, and I’m attending events, I’m taking photos (albeit with a shitty compact that I got free from work) and I feel involved. I’m attending events, drinking a lot less than I expected - I’m even attending parties, which is not something I generally relish. Team Neko is coming along well. Sunday night, I come down off the balcony we were filming from (it was ludicrously warm up there) and grab a couple of pints… Finishing one off, and knowing I was heading back up to the balcony, I ended up giving the other pint away. And since then I haven’t had anywhere near as much to drink at cons.
Play Expo 2012 and I’m running around for the first time with a DSLR and I am loving the fact that I can take pictures at all. Days are long, the floor is noisy, and there’s not really much happening, but again, I felt so involved that it was all good.
And so we’re up to date. Gemucon 2013 at the Brittania hotel was actually awesome. I attended events I didn’t even want to attend because they had to be attended, they had to be recorded or photographed. I think I drank a total of 12 beers over the 3 days of the convention (and 12 beers at the precon.)
So what is my advice when it comes to con burnout? As a former burnout myself, I can say that what caused my burnout was the belief that I had to attend cons because I attended cons. I would have dropped out of the community entirely after 2010 if Zelly and I hadn’t gotten together - I have a friend who only attends Ayacon after 2008, and I don’t know if she’ll attend any other conventions at this point.
So to avoid burnout:
- Become engaged - cosplayers stay in the scene longer, panel runners stay in the scene longer, gophers stay in the scene longer, etc. etc. etc.. If you want to avoid burnout, find an aspect of cons that you enjoy, and do it. Not to say don’t go to socialise, but if you go only to socialise, then you might end up feeling lonelier as the attendees change.
- Be selective - decide the type of event you want to go to, and go to that. Unless you have a reason to go to a con - whether it’s doing the thing that engages you, or a guest, etc etc etc - don’t feel that you have to go.
- Be diverse - try out different events. Maybe a video games event doesn’t appeal to you because you never spend time in the games room… But it might be worth a go. If you’re engaged, be clear about your boundaries - if you’re not having fun, don’t stick around. Sometimes the fun of being at a con isn’t just being at a con, it’s also a weekend away in another city.
- If you’re not having fun, don’t feel bad about not going.
I’d say the cure for my burnout was definitely becoming engaged. Knowing that I was there with a “job” to do suddenly made all the difference.
NEW MEME ALERT!
apparently there’s this new trend going around Japanese schools where they’re faking Dragon Ball fights.
it is AWESOME.
It is a period of civil war
rebel starships, striking
from a hidden base, have won
their first victory against
the evil galactic empire.
During the battle, Rebel
spies managed to steal secret
plans to the Empire’s
ultimate quiz the GEEKTON
FACTOR, an armored space
quiz with enough hilarity
to destroy an entire planet.
Pursued by the Empire’s
sinister agents, Princess Team Neko
races to Gemucon aboard her
starship, custodian of the
stolen plans that can save her
people and restore
freedom to the galaxy….
WE’RE DOING IT
WE’RE MAKING THIS HAPPEN
Geek ClubNights @ Kitacon 2012 - by GeekClubNights
Nothing get’s Team Neko more fired up for a convention than the thought of some of the great parties that you can attend. And this party was no exception. DJ Lastknight blew us all away with his 8bit Icecream set at Kitacon this year, and we were so glad to be there, capture some of the footage, and have it become a part of this incredible video. Lovingly edited together by the fantastic Iain Bolton.